Review your practice in line with the Early Years Framework Reforms and achieve the Herts for Learning Early Years Quality Standards

    The Herts for Learning Early Years Quality Standards (EYQS) enables schools and settings to take part in a process of self-evaluation and reflective practice.

    The scheme includes tailored support and a thorough audit of provision carried out by trained auditors. Throughout the journey of quality improvement, participants will be assigned a mentor who will support and guide them through the process.

    The EYQS has three level of awards and evidence based tools to support through self-evaluation. The process takes up to one academic year to complete, depending on the level of award chosen.

    Autumn term (Bronze Award)

    A gateway visit from an adviser and self-evaluation using EYFS statutory framework

    Autumn to spring term (Silver Award)

    In addition to the bronze level activity, the silver award includes a focussed visit using the environment rating scales (ECERS)

    Autumn to summer term (Gold Award)

    In addition to bronze and silver activities, the gold award includes a setting-led research and development project which 'makes a difference' to outcomes for children.

    The EYQS scheme provides thought provoking challenge, brings fresh perspectives and promotes continuous quality improvement in line with current practice.

    The EYQS is accessed via an online platform and will consist of both online and face-to-face support and consultancy sessions.

    The digital platform will enable participants to:

    • complete and submit audits
    • access reviews and feedback
    • communicate with their mentors
    • collaborate and network with other participants
    • access additional content, such as blogs, to support professional development

    Join the 2022/23 HfL EYQS scheme starting in September 2022

    The 2022/23 EYQS scheme launches in September 2022 with a free online briefing event on 30th June 2022. Book your free place through the CPD Hub. Alternatively please contact for further details or to express an interest in taking part.

    Through the EYQS process there was no question left unanswered and the next steps were easy for us to see and put a plan in place to develop. We have seen teamwork shine and are proud in achieving new targets.

    Vanda Florin, Manager, Tots and Scholars Day Nursery